BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky
The Buffalo Bills enter the 2015 NFL Draft with a new regime, with Rex Ryan in as head coach, Greg Roman as the new offensive coordinator and Dennis Thurman as the new defensive coordinator.
Last year in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills traded up to No. 4 overall from No. 9 overall, swapping picks with the Cleveland Browns, and took Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. In exchange for No. 4, the Bills gave back No. 9 as well as their first-round pick (No. 19 overall) and fourth-round pick (No. 115 overall) in this year’s draft.
Without those picks, the Bills are going to miss out on a potential starter and another player who could be a potential starter or rotational player. That makes it much more important for them to hit on the few picks that they have.
While it is obvious that the Bills have a need for a starting quarterback, they already have a three-man competition for the starting position. EJ Manuel was drafted in the first round in 2013 to be the franchise signal-caller, but the jury is still out on him. Meanwhile, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor both were brought in to challenge Manuel for the starting spot.
With a huge drop after the top two quarterbacks in this class, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, it’s tough to see a scenario where the Bills draft a quarterback to compete with the three already on their roster, and find one that offers more starting potential then they already have. Bills are in a “win-now” mentality with their roster, and drafting a raw quarterback in day two or three of the draft won’t solve those issues.
With that said, here’s a look at the Bills’ top five other positions of need and what players they could target for those positions, depending on when in the draft they decide to address each need.